Adventure begins with Ohio’s opening day of deer-gun season

COLUMBUS – The opening day of Ohio’s white-tailed deer-gun hunting season resulted in 15,501 deer taken by Buckeye State hunters, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. During the 2018 season, 13,651 deer were harvested on the opening day of gun season.

“Ohio’s deer-gun season is an enjoyable time when many friends and families gather to celebrate the hunt,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Hunters still have an exciting week ahead of them. Good luck, remember to wear hunter orange, and have a great deer season!”

Top 10 counties for deer harvest on opening day include: Coshocton (663), Ashtabula (601), Tuscarawas (557), Knox (544), Muskingum (511), Guernsey (426), Holmes (423), Licking (399), Harrison (385), and Carroll (377).

In Fulton County, 94 deer were checked compared to 78 on opening day 2018.

Through Dec. 1, 2019, 76,822 deer have been taken by Ohio archery hunters. Plus, Ohio’s young hunters checked 6,234 white-tailed deer during the 2019 two-day youth gun season, Nov. 23-24. The deer-gun season is open to Sunday, Dec. 8, as well as Dec. 21-22.

Ohio offers many more opportunities for hunters of all ages to pursue deer. Deer-muzzleloader season is Saturday, Jan. 4, through Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Deer-archery season is open now through Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Find complete details in the 2019-2020 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at For summaries of past deer seasons, visit

The Ohio Division of Wildlife wants to provide you the tools to get started on a new hunting adventure. Anyone interested in learning to hunt or becoming a mentor to a new hunter can visit the Wild Ohio Harvest Community Page for information on how to get started, hunting-related workshops as well as special hunting opportunities for mentors and new hunters.

Each year, Ohioans take an estimated 171 million outdoor recreation trips and contribute $5.9 billion to the Buckeye State’s economy, according to a report entitled Economic Valuation of Natural Areas in Ohio, recently released by The Ohio State University.

The Division of Wildlife can help you take advantage of all the hunting opportunities Ohio has to offer. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for instant news stories, outdoor recreation ideas, local wildlife information and so much more. The Your Wild Ohio Hunter Facebook page provides hunting tips and useful information as you get outside this season. Visit to find locations to hunt, fish, trap and view wildlife. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to view the best of Ohio’s wildlife photography.